About Malter Institute

From 1979 to 2001, Rosalie and Dr. Rick Malter were co-directors of the Malter Institute for Natural Development (M.I.N.D.), a group psychotherapy and counseling practice in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Since the Malters moved to Arizona in 2001, their work has transitioned to include consultations, training, hair mineral analysis, and yoga, and utilizes the internet to connect with people nationally and around the world.

Rosalie and Rick co-authored a book, “Shrinking the Judge,” in 1996 and revised a second edition in 1998.



Rosalie MalterRosalie Malter

In 1961, Rosalie earned her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois.  She earned her M.A. degree  in 1983 in counseling from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She also was a certified Biofeedback therapist from 1984 – 2001.  Rosalie is a certified yoga teacher (RYT 500) and has been teaching since 1985.  In 2001 she made “Yoga for You,” a video tape and DVD introduction to yoga.   Rosalie and Rick co-authored a book, “Shrinking the Judge,” in 1996 and a second edition in 1998.

Rosalie loves journeying with people, collaborating with them on their way to growth and development, intentionality and better health.  She knows the significance of listening and validating another’s feeling and intentions. No one wants to be judged or evaluated or fixed – just heard.

Life transitions can be stressful. We have to end some things to begin new ones, making major life choices, relocating, finding new friends and meaningful activities and redefining our life’s purpose.

Rosalie has been down that road herself and can journey with you in a strategic and supportive way to become your best and highest self at any time in your life. She works with you to help you realize you need to have health and energy in order to enjoy those years to the fullest and she is able to guide you to maintain or attain your best level of health and energy.


  • Training and background to understand the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yourself
  • A B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy
  • M.A. in Counseling
  • RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) at the 500 hr. (senior) level
  • Training in yoga practice, meditation and philosophy
  • Managed a successful, large counseling practice for more than 20 years
  • Yoga teaching since 1985

Dr Rick MalterDr. Rick Malter

In 1971, Dr. Rick Malter earned a Ph.D. in Education and School Psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He earned his M.A. degree in 1964 from the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago. Until he retired and moved to Arizona in 2001, he was a licensed nutrition counselor as well as a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois.

Dr. Malter’s special interests have been in Learning Disabilities (LD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Since the 1970’s, he has written and presented papers on LD and ADD to state and national conventions of psychologists and special educators. Since 1980, Dr. Malter has been passionate in applying clinical nutrition to helping children, adolescents and adults with LD and ADD, instead of using powerful prescription drugs.  Before he retired from his clinical psychology practice, nutrition and hair mineral analysis were valuable components of the services that he offered to his clients.

Since his retirement from his Psychology practice in 2001, Dr. Malter has devoted his time to research and the application of nutrition and hair mineral analysis in his consulting business.

In 2002, he wrote The Strands of Health: A Guide to Understanding Hair Mineral Analysis.   This book introduces the basic concepts related to understanding hair mineral analysis.  Dr. Malter continues to offer seminars and hair analysis consultations.

Dr. Malter is a leading expert in hair tissue mineral analysis and how mineral imbalances effect stress and energy.


  • M.A. in Human Development, 1964
  • Ph.D. in Education and School Psychology, 1971
  • Psychology license 1969-2001, Illinois
  • Nutrition Counseling License 1996-2001, Illinois

Malter Institute Naomi-ThermographyNaomi Brand

Naomi has been interested in health and wellness screening for over 30 years. She has been using HTMA to monitor her supplement requirements and over the last 8 years has been using Thermography as her main screening method for breast health. Naomi has a B.A. from the University of Iowa from the School of Journalism and Communication. Ever since Naomi was told at her very first mammography appointment that they could not read her images and they wanted her to do another mammogram she has had the desire to find a screening method that fit her lifestyle yet was effective and cost efficient. It made no sense to her as to why would they do another mammogram if they can’t read it. When asking what other options are out there, they told her ultrasound but ONLY if she did another mammogram. She then had a 6-week fight with the clinic to allow her to do an ultrasound without the additional mammogram and finally they said okay. She found out she had fibrocystic breast tissue which made reading her mammogram difficult to say the least. She decided then, there had to be a better way to screen breasts, that is when she discovered Thermography! It’s radiation-free, no contact and a possible 8-10 year early detection of physiological indicators of breast cancer. She was ready for this safe, adjunctive screening method. As Naomi went through training and learned there were even more potential uses for medical Thermology she decided it was time to share this knowledge and service with others. Visit our page on Thermography to learn more.

Our Services

• Hair Mineral Analysis
• Health education and professional training
• Seminars, health forums and workshops
• Using nutrition to reduce stress
• Nutrition for more energy
• Life and health coaching
• Gentle and Therapeutic Yoga
• Thermography
• DVDs, books and EBooks
• Supplements and essential oils
• Family and parenting education
• Supporting 12-step recovery
• Freeing the “Inner Child”